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17 September 2017 | in 3x3 World University League, FISU, World University League, Basketball 3x3

Champions crowned at 3x3 FISU World University League finals

After four days of 3x3 basketball on the Huaqiao University campus, Mon-Altius Physical Education Institute and Chinese Culture University head back to school as the world’s number one university 3x3 teams

 

XIAMEN – After four days and seven games, two university 3x3 teams strode to centre court to accept the individual medals and team trophy bestowed upon the victors of the 3x3 FISU World University League finals. The two teams, though, took different paths to the title.

 

Chinese Culture University during the coronation for the world's best university 3x3 team ceremony 

The Chinese Culture University team hails from Taipei, island of Taiwan, that just saw their hometown host the Taipei Summer Universiade last month. There, the Chinese Taipei delegation had their most successful performances in international multisport competition, winning 26 gold medals and 90 total medals.

 

 

In Xiamen, the winning continued as the Chinese Culture University quartet of Pin Lo, Cing Yang, I-Hsin Cheng and Ting-Yu Lin ran the table from preliminaries to finals. To take the title, the team defeated the University of Regina 21:12 in the final. Lo and Cheng led a well-balanced scoring attack with 6 points a piece in the finals against the team from Regina, Canada. It's the second year in a row the University of Regina Cougars basketball team made the women's final game. 

 

 

Completing the women’s podium was Qinghai Normal University. The team from northwest China rode the last of the wildcard entries all the way to the semifinals before losing to Chinese Culture University 6:11. The women’s quartet bounced back in the bronze medal match with a 17:8 victory against the University of Physical Education from Hungary.

 

Mon-Altius Physical Education Institute head back to the city of Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, as the World University League victors  

Mon-Altius Physical Education Institute, meanwhile, took a more circuitous route to the 2017 title. The Mongolian team lost their first two games in the preliminary pool play, first 14:18 to Srinakharinwarot University and then again to 13:16 to McGill University, the 2016 titlist and eventual 2017 bronze medalist.

 

 

After the hard-fought loss to the Canadians, however, the team from Mongolia comprised of Batzolboo Borgil, Enkhbaatar Onolbaatar, Naranbaat Batdelger and Tsogt Otgonjargal found their groove in the knock out rounds, especially on offense, to make an inspired run to the championship game.

 

Tan Wing Jet wows the crowd during his Slam Dunk winning performance. The 1.80 meter Taylor's University won over judges with his athleticism and shot-making creativity. 

In the finals, Mon-Altius met the University of Kragujevac. The Serbian team made it there with a thrilling 19:18 semifinal victory over McGill University. In the finals, Mon-Altius withstood the 10-point scoring attack from Nikola Sucov with a more balanced offense, which was led by Borgil in the final.

 

 

“I haven’t thought about we could get the first place because this is the first time we play in the 3x3 WUL league final,” Borgil’s teammate Enkhbaatar Onolbaatar said. Onolbaatar adding that they already had their eye coming back for the 2018 League finals to defend their title.

 

Defending men's champs McGill University of Canada lost in a thriller 18:19 to the University of Kragujevac of Serbia in the semifinals 

In the men’s bronze medal match, McGill University looked rejuvenated after their narrow semifinal loss. The defending champs rode the sharpshooting of Jenning Leung to outlast Universidad do Chile 22:13 to take the final step of the 2017 League podium.

 

 

The third place follows two gold medal performances from a Canadian team in the two previous editions of the League finals. Afterwards, the McGill University players said they were eager to come back to the FISU event, with an eye of regaining the title.

 

Every day and night for four days, the crowd packed the 3x3 court on the Huaqiao University campus, making for an unforgettable atmosphere  

All told, sixteen men’s and 16 women’s university qualified for the finals in Xiamen through a series of national and continental tournaments. For the two victors, there’s an extra special carrot – a trip to compete at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Mexico City Masters. Ensuring that university basketball stays a vibrant community of the sport is a partnership that FIBA, basketball’s international federation, supports at the highest level.

 

 

FIBA’s Secretary General Patrick Baumann said he’s “very happy” with FISU’s work in developing the sport of basketball, particularly 3x3. “It’s very cool. We’ve been working on this for about 10 years. (FISU) brings together the best teams, with a very high level of competition.

 

 

“FISU was very fast to jump on the train to help organize 3x3 since basically the beginning,” Baumann added. “It’s the perfect game for university students.”

 

Japanese Shoot Out champion Kanna Arita (2nd from right) with her Takushoku University teammates before their QF clash with eventual champion Chinese Culture University.  

Watch the 3x3 League finals on Eurosport 2 

 

Along with a host of broadcasters, Eurosport was in Xiamen covering the event. Catch the 90 minute highlight package of the 4 days of events on Eurosport 2 on Tuesday 19th September at 23:00 CET and again on Wednesday 20th September at 11:00.

 

Watch the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Mexico City Masters

 

In the spirit of collaboration and showcasing 3x3 basketball, FIBA has agreed to let FISU live stream the 3x3 World Tour from Mexico City. You can follow Mon-Altius Physical Education Institute and Chinese Culture University as they take on the professional 3x3 World Tour teams. The live stream will be available during on FISU’s Facebook Fan Page as the event unfolds from 30 September to 1 October.

 

 

Official Results from the 3x3 World University League – 2017 Finals

 

 3x3 FISU World University League -  2017 Finals: Player-Game Statistics Report

 

 

3x3 FISU World University League - 2017 Finals: Women’s Final Standing Report

 

 

3x3 FISU World University League -  2017 Finals: Men’s Final Standing Report

 

 

 

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